The summer heat didn't keep shoppers away from the Shreveport Farmers' Market Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds turned out to buy everything from fresh fruits and produce to homemade salsa and jams. Noma Fowler-Sandlin, who manages the market, says it continues to draw bigger crowds each year. "When I first started managing, 2,400 was the biggest one day. Now, we've got nearly 11,000 as the biggest one day attendance," she said.
The numbers of vendors has also risen, from 65 spots in 1985...to more than 150 today. A 2009 study shows the Farmers' Market pours about $2.5 million into the local economy, with $1.5 of that in direct sales. Latonja Gafford was there with her two daughters, enjoying snow cones and live music. "Just being together is the part we like the most," she said.
The market is open from 7 A.M. to noon on Saturdays at Festival Plaza until September 1st. Tuesday afternoon sales run from 3 to 6 P.M. until July 17th.
To find out more about the Shreveport Farmers' Market, visit the website. http://www.shreveportfarmersmarket.com/